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PostSubject: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:41 pm

I'm trying to keep from selling the jeep, and I think they area of land where I park now it is fine, so my landlord can't get mad. Anyway. Right now its in semi-storage and won't be leaving the property till summer or spring. And now that I have a part time job I can justify putting some $$ into it.

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my goal with this thing is to tear it down a piece at a time and rebuild it. My first project for it will be to remove the rear Dana 35 axle, tear it down, rebuild it with new bearings and seals, Im going to install a limited slip system in it [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] strip off all rust and old paint, repaint it, then upgrade all the drum brake parts.
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:23 pm

The automatic locker I want to install works like this. He does a great job of explaining it

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and here are some of the reviews i found from "4x4wire.com" where they installed it into an Isuzu Rodeo with Dana 44 axles.

On road "
Our test unit was installed in the Dana 44 rear axle
of a 1998 Isuzu Amigo, originally equipped with the Trac-Lok LSD. This
particular vehicle puts out 205 horsepower and 214 ft-lbs of torque, and
is equipped with a 5-speed transmission, so it would normally be
considered a major trade-off to swap out the factory LSD in favor of a
locker. Automatic lockers are notoriously noisy, clunky, and harsh when
installed on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] of this configuration, especially if they are used as daily drivers. However, this is not
a traditional locker. Although it shares some of the standard locker
mannerisms with other units, the most noise we've heard from it is
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and an occasional soft "thunk" from driveline backlash. No clicking,
clanging or banging, not even on initial installation while testing it
by hand with the differential cover off.

As described in the owner's manual, some torque
transfer is noted as you get on and off the throttle and the torque is
transferred from both tires to one, and back. This is especially true
while turning, although careful modulation of the throttle can all but
eliminate any traces of this. Moderation on the throttle is helpful in
other areas, as well, particularly when pulling out from a stop and
making a tight turn, as you would pulling out into traffic. Smooth
throttle operation will help avoid any [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] chirping you might get in a particularly tight turn.

A bit of understeer can be felt in certain
situations, particularly on a winding road or a highway exit ramp, where
a turn may be taken while still under moderate-to-full throttle. If the
throttle is not relaxed or is re-applied quickly during a turn, the two
rear wheels will both get power and will attempt to push the vehicle
straight. A slight steering correction will be required -- this takes
some getting used to, but again, careful throttle modulation can
practically eliminate it if you so desire."


And Offroad "

In extensive trail testing, the No-Slip more than
proved its worth in many situations. Our Amigo was easily able to
conquer obstacles it had failed to complete before, or where the driver
had previously opted to take a bypass. Off-camber climbs, boulder
fields, and twisty crevices were gobbled up and spit out the exhaust.

With more than one spotter assigned to keep an eye
out for slippage, all reported back that not a single time did the
No-Slip unlock, even briefly, while the Amigo was attempting to complete
an obstacle. As promised, full, 100% lockup, automatically, all the
time when under power on the trail. This simple fact did wonders for
climbing, pulling, and clawing abilities.

An odd side-effect of installing a locker is that
most rigs will see the benefit of some additional flex in their
suspension. This held true in the case of our Amigo as well. In all but
the kings of flex, the addition of a locker will force the suspension to
flex to its limits, because the vehicle will continue moving even after
a tire has lifted. This forces more weight onto the compressed tires,
which generally pushes them to compress even further, returning the
lifted wheel to the ground. Vehicles who already take advantage of every
ounce of suspension movement won't see this benefit -- but the other
95% of four wheelers out there will. In our testing, we were unable to
lift a tire in any of the usual "articulation photo opportunity" spots
along the trail.

Although it may not sound like it, there are
limitations to any locker, and the No-Slip is no exception. On the
trail, having two wheels turning with full power on the rear axle causes
a tendency to push the vehicle straight, just like on the street.
However, on the trail in low-traction conditions, the front wheels can
more easily slide straight forward, regardless which way they are
turned. This fact must be taken into consideration anytime precise
maneuvering is required.

We were lucky enough to be able to perform our
testing in an area which had some snow-covered trails, which made for a
perfect proving ground for the great equalizer: snow. As predicted, our
Isuzu had difficulties climbing one or two snowy and ice-covered hills
due to the tendency of the rear wheels to cause a sideways slide. In the
same situations, the accompanying vehicles with open and limited-slip
differentials had fewer difficulties. Of course, with less throttle and
more momentum, this problem could be avoided."
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:56 am

thats a nice piece, had i stayed in the jeep game i would def be looking into these. open diff sucks for offroading!
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:33 am

r/tguy02 wrote:
thats a nice piece, had i stayed in the jeep game i would def be looking into these. open diff sucks for offroading!

true words right there. open diffs front and rear are good for snow on roads, but not for the trails.
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:42 pm

lets not forget the other goal of this project...


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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:00 pm

So i just ordered all my parts.

Dana 35 Axle rebuild kit
New brake shoes and hardware
New u-joint.

I'm going to be taking the axle down to waterfront jeep, there is a tech there who works on stuff like this. I was told he can either check my work (do all the detail measurements) or do the entire build for cheap. depending on how "cheap" it is, i might go that route.
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:38 pm

SOOOOO much PB Blaster.....

it has begun. my parts should be here tomorrow. I sprayed PB Blaster on anything that should come apart. it's going to get at least an overnight soak and the axle should be ready to come off by tomorrow.

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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:51 am

did you actually see that jurasic park tour jeep somewhere?
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:40 pm

r/tguy02 wrote:
did you actually see that jurasic park tour jeep somewhere?

nah, there is a forum online [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] where it is nothing but people who have already, or are in the process of transforming their jeep into a Jurassic Park Jeep.
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:21 pm

All my parts are in. I won't be rebuilding the axle though. I know a guy who is going to do it for me, he has the experience and tools. there are instruments needed to measure inside the housing that i don't have or know how to use. so in the next couple weeks i will have a "new" dana 35 axle for me jeep.

also I'm getting
1) 1 Pair of Dana 35 axles shafts.
2) 2 Complete sets of fender flares.
3) 1 Complete set of rear lap belts.
4) Mesh Grille cover.
5) Set of factory step bars brand new.
6) Both drivers and Pass side windsheild to roll bar post with padding.
7) Spare tire cover.
8) Set of new rugged ridge velcro grab bars for roll bar.
9) 1 Set of Energy Suspension leaf spring bushings.
10) Set of front extended sway bar links brand new never opened (I think 4" lift).
11) 1 set of rear leaf springs with around 75,000 miles on them.

and i'm paying $125 for all of it. a guy on jeepinwv.com is selling them all together for $125.
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:30 am

wow, thats one hell of a good buy!
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:56 pm

well i have all my parts, i also have the rebuild kit for the rear axle ready to go and i also got hard lines and SS braided brake lines for it. so all the brakes will be replaced soon. and i have a new soft top that my roommate and i installed recently. i'll try to get pics of all the parts soon.

and instead of the jurassic park jeep, i might go with an olive drab green paint and have everything else black. give it a military theme.
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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:53 pm

91foxbody wrote:
well i have all my parts, i also have the rebuild kit for the rear axle ready to go and i also got hard lines and SS braided brake lines for it. so all the brakes will be replaced soon. and i have a new soft top that my roommate and i installed recently. i'll try to get pics of all the parts soon.

and instead of the jurassic park jeep, i might go with an olive drab green paint and have everything else black. give it a military theme.

Love the military themes.. I've seen a few and loved them. good choice


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PostSubject: Re: 91foxbody's 1994 Jeep YJ build   Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:11 am

i can dig it man.
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